Iowaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3916 times:
PHILADELPHIA, Nov 24, 2005 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- Southwest Airlines Co.
plans to increase the number of gates it leases at Philadelphia International
Airport next year, allowing the low-cost carrier to significantly boost its
daily flight schedule.
By next spring, Southwest expects to lease a dozen gates at the airport, meaning
it could double the schedule of 53 flights a day it has now, according to
airline and airport officials.
Even with more than 100 flights a day, Dallas-based Southwest would remain
behind US Airways in Philadelphia departures. Philadelphia is US Airways Group
Inc.'s second-largest domestic hub and its primary international hub, with 475
daily flights to 110 destinations.
Southwest operates from six gates at the Philadelphia airport now. By early
January, the airline plans to take over leases on two gates used by UAL Corp.'s
United Airlines, said Steve Sisneros, Southwest's manager of properties. By
spring, Southwest will get four gates now used by Delta Air Lines Inc.
Southwest's expansion could further pressure US Airways to cut prices. In 2004,
when Southwest invaded US Airways' Philadelphia turf, average one-way fares here
dropped 26 percent.
DL is moving to "A", Air France to "A(West) and UA appears to be cutting back at PHL for now. "E" is going into a construction phase (adding gates). My guess is that eventually WN will move all of their operations to E and move away from D. Imagine being able to easily bypass the WN masses enroute to your flight. It remains to be seen if WN can achieve their required turns at PHL with 100+ flights/day.
Kahala777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3755 times:
Finally, Southwest Airlines, is becoming a major player in the East Coast!
For years the East Coast has suffered from the menacing service and inane pricing structures of Continental, American, and Delta Airlines. US Airways, has finally woken up and realized to survive in todays domestic market, you need two main things. Low Fares. Frequency.
I also think "finally" doesn't do WN proper justice, Kahala...
BWI has been one of WN's largest stations for years now, and WN have served many north east destinations (ISP, BDL, PVD, MHT, ALB, BUF) for more than a decade. PHL is simply another point on the WN map.
N200WN From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 786 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3510 times:
Quoting A330323X (Reply 13): For December, the rough numbers are 158 mainline, 226 RJ, 91 turboprop.
International in December is 8 dailies to Europe, and about 14 to the Caribbean.
A nice size operation, thanks for the info. Just two more questions about US at PHL...what is the highest number of departures they've ever had and have they "depeaked" their hub operation to help relieve some of the ATC issues? I read that WN was working with ATC to alleviate some of the delays and I'm sure US has done the same.
With 158 mainline flights it is possible for WN to at least equal that in the not too distant future.
A330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 40
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3481 times:
Quoting N200WN (Reply 14): Just two more questions about US at PHL...what is the highest number of departures they've ever had
They were in the 494-496 range from February through July of this year. As many as 225 mainline in February, before the mainline fleet count started plummeting.
Quoting N200WN (Reply 14): have they "depeaked" their hub operation to help relieve some of the ATC issues?
They did depeak it back in February, to increase aircraft utilization. Didn't much help ATC and hurt connectivity more than anticipated, so they've since repeaked it a bit. They certainly do plenty of other things to help with ATC, like use alternate runways and such.
Quoting N200WN (Reply 14): With 158 mainline flights it is possible for WN to at least equal that in the not too distant future.
Not with 12 gates.
I'm the expert on here on two things, neither of which I care about much anymore.